How to view printers connected to my computer

Updated: 12/30/2021 by Computer Hope
Canon printer

Several printing options are available to a computer. For example, there are physical printers that connect wirelessly or by Ethernet cable, and PDF options provided with your operating system or installed on your computer.

Periodically, you may need to view the printers connected to your computer to disconnect or delete any that are no longer in use. For instance, if you purchased a new printer, and the old one is no longer used, it makes sense to remove the old printer from your computer. It doesn't hurt to leave the old printer software installed on your computer, but it takes up space on the hard drive and clutters the list of available printers.

To view the printers currently installed on your computer, select your operating system below and follow the instructions.

View connected printers on a Windows computer

  1. Press the Windows key, type "Printers & scanners", and then press Enter.

Printers & scanners

  1. The Printers & scanners section lists all printers and printing options installed on your computer. The main printer your computer is connected to and any PDF options, such as Adobe PDF or Microsoft Print to PDF, are displayed.

available printers

Note

PDF options allow you to save your document as a PDF. When you click "print," it saves the document as a PDF on your computer, rather than creating a hard copy.

Tip

The default print option is marked with the verbiage "Default" next to it, as highlighted with yellow in the picture above.

Viewing connected printers on a macOS computer

  1. Open Settings.

macOS settings

  1. Under System Preferences, click Printers & Scanners.

macOS system preferences

  1. In the Printers section, you see the printing options available on your computer. The main printer your computer is connected to, wirelessly or by Ethernet cable, and any PDF options like Adobe are shown. (There are no PDF options installed in the example below.)

macOS available printers

Note

PDF options allow you to save your document as a PDF. When you click "print," it saves the document as a PDF on your computer, rather than creating a hard copy.